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Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition features Porsche 911's best traits, past and present

Porsche has created a 992 911 that combines heritage and modern drivability.

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Saying the words "911 Targa" is enough to get many hearts pumping. With the recent debut of the Porsche 911 Targa, the company showed off the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, a state-of-the- art 911 with design elements from the 1950s and early 60s and the first of four collector's pieces of the Heritage Design strategy.

And. It's. So. Good.

The model is a limited edition from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. Along with the introduction of the special edition it has been announced that select interior elements from the model will be available as part of the Heritage Design package for all current 911 models. Additionally, Porsche Design has created a limited edition chronograph to be built exclusively for purchasers of this new model.

Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition

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"With the Heritage Design models, we are evoking memories of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s in customers and fans alike. No brand can translate these elements into the mod- ern day as well as Porsche and, in this way, we are fulfilling the wishes of our custom- ers. We are also establishing a new product line that represents the lifestyle dimension in our product strategy with these exclusive special editions," said Oliver Blume, Chair- man of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.

The model features Cherry Metallic paint in photographs but four other exterior colors are available. The paint serves as a background for gold logos and a white livery of historical design. There are spear-shaped graphic motorsports elements on the front wings and a Porsche Heritage badge on the luggage compartment grille, which is reminiscent of the one that was awarded back in the day when a Porsche 356 reached the 100,000-kilometer mileage mark.

On the hood is a1963 Porsche Crest, as well as on the steering wheel, wheel centers, and key. It's embossed on the head restraints and key pouch.

The model rides on standard 20/21-inch Carrera Exclusive Design wheels and classic-look black brake calipers.

The cabin is finished in two-tone leather combining Bordeaux Red leather with OLEA club leather in Atacama Beige or Black leather with OLEA club leather in Atacama Beige. Its seats and door trims wear corduroy, which was used in the Porsche 365. There's a green-illuminated rev counter and stopwatch as well as microfiber roofline and a metal badge on the trim panel that signifies the car's limited edition number.

The model is based on the 992 generation 911 Targa and includes no modifications to the engine, transmission, suspension, or chassis. It is on sale now.

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

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The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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